This fine Fine Edo period ko-Imari octagonal porcelain plate is 200 years old. It dates to the late 1700's of the Edo period (1603-1868) and therefore is considered ko-Imari which means Old Imari. Most likely now a rare piece, it is handmade and formed in a near perfect octagonal shape (called Hakkaku-zara) of Namasu size, or that above 5.9" of smaller plates or bowls for noodles or side plates. It is then hand painted in gorgeous underglaze blue designs on fine white porcelain. A wide arabesque border is painted around the rim in blue, and the rim is trimmed in brown. A pattern called aoi in the center, and what appears to be a partially hidden kanji in the center although it could be just a design part. It is marked with an old and rare mark on the bottom, 樋口 the mark of the Higuchi-gama, gama means kiln. The Higuchi-gama history can be found referred to in several old books by Frank Brinkley and accessed via google books, such as his series of books Japan, Its History Arts and Literature. This is a very fine Edo period plate, in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips, with only minor surface wear.
SIZE: Diameter 6.1" or 15.49 cm, Height 1.8" or cm
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Imari porcelain written 伊万里焼 in Japanese, is the name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyūshū. They were exported to Europe extensively from the port of Imari, Saga, between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. The Japanese as well as Europeans called them Imari. In Japanese, these porcelains are also known as Arita-yaki written 有田焼
Imari was simply the trans-shipment port for Arita wares. There are many "styles" including Nabeshima and Kakiemon. It was the kilns at Arita which formed the heart of the Japanese porcelain industry.
Though sophisticated wares in authentic Japanese styles were being made at Arita for the fastidious home market, European–style designations of Arita porcelain were formed after blue and white kraak porcelains, imitating Chinese underglaze "blue-and-white" wares, or made use of enamel colors over underglazes of cobalt blue and iron red. The ware often used copious gilding, sometimes with spare isolated sprigged vignettes, but often densely patterned in compartments.
Imari or Arita porcelain has been continually produced up through the present day.
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